International Association for Teachers of English as a Foreign Language

Founded in 1967, IATEFL is an annual spring conference that takes place in a different location each year up and down the UK. IATEFL's mission is to "Link, develop and support English Language Teaching professionals” as well as to act as a community hub within ELT. These values mirror the objectives of Macmillan Education, so each year we have a large presence at IATEFL, sponsoring the event, as well as hosting our famous party and putting together a schedule of talks and workshops from ELT authors and experts.


IATEFL aims to improve networks amongst ELT institutions, academics, authors and  teachers, and currently has over 4,000 members spread over more that 100 countries around the world. The main activities for IATEFL members throughout the year are focused on Special Interest Groups, which host various meetings and conferences, and publish newsletters including the bimonthly magazine, IATEFL Voices.

Macmillan Education at IATEFL

Each year Macmillan Education has a stand in the IATEFL exhibition hall to showcase our products and meet with the people whose opinion we value most, the English Language teachers using and considering our titles. We love speaking to you at these events, hearing your feedback and recommending solutions that can help you and your students in the classroom. Our staff are on hand to answer any questions and point you in the direction of new resources… and of course sell you a ticket to the IATEFL party! But it’s not just our staff who come to IATEFL, we curate a programme of talks and workshops from a selection of our authors and in-house experts so they can share their ELT expertise with delegates from around the world.

The Macmillan Education Party

A long-standing tradition in IATEFL history is the infamous Macmillan Education party. With a different theme every year, you can expect the unexpected but the basic ingredients remain the same: music, drinks, nibbles, meeting new people and catching up with old friends, while raising a lot of money for charity. What could be better? We sell tickets from our stand, and all the proceeds go to the charities we choose annually, but make sure to come and buy yours early as they sell out fast!

Past IATEFL conferences

2015 - Manchester

2014 - Harrogate

2013 - Liverpool

Future IATEFL conferences

2016 (this year!) - Birmingham

2017 - Glasgow 4-7th April, PCEs 3rd April

2018 - Brighton 10-13th April, PCEs 9th April

2019 - Liverpool 2-5th April, PCEs 1st April

2020 - Manchester 18-21 April, PCEs